International Research

Deadly Marburg Virus Found in Sierra Leone Bats

December 20, 2018
Scientists have discovered Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone. This is the first time the deadly virus has been found in West Africa. Five Egyptian rousette fruit bats tested positive for active Marburg virus infection. Scientists caught the bats separately in three health districts: Moyamba, Koinadugu and Kono.

Araucaria's disease is due to a combination of environmental stress and fungi

November 13, 2018
Freddy Boehmwald, biotechnologist and Coordinator for Bioproducts at the University of California, Davis in Chile (UC Davis Chile) who has been in charge of investigating the damage to the leaves which has killed 2% of the population of the araucaria trees and affected over 90% of the rest, affirmed that together with the National Forest Corporation (Conaf), the conclusion is that a fungus or a group of fungi combined with hydrological stress dating back at least seven years may be responsible.

Learning From Gorillas to Save Killer Whales

November 07, 2018
Building on work begun by primatologist Dian Fossey of Gorillas in the Mist fame, Gorilla Doctors, a program led by the University of California, Davis, has been providing personalized veterinary care to these animals in the wild since the late 2000s.

International Consortium Officially Launches Earth BioGenome Project in London

November 02, 2018
Key scientific partners and funders from around the globe gathered in London on Nov. 1 to officially launch the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), a global effort to sequence the genetic code of all the planet’s eukaryotes — some 1.5 million known species, including all plants, animals, protozoa and fungi.

International Conference Keynote Confronts Sexual Harassment in Academia

October 17, 2018
During the 2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis, hosted by Global Affairs, over 200 experts from 22 countries came together to develop strategies for international research collaboration. Presentations covered pioneering research breakthroughs as well as ongoing research developments that have reached levels of urgency. Take the keynote of Mills College President Elizabeth L. Hillman, whose address honed in on sexual harassment in the workplace—and highlighted that such sexual harassment should be viewed every bit as serious as research misconduct.

Planting a Seed: What Collaborative Moringa Research Looks Like on the Ground

September 30, 2018
Carrie Waterman, a nutrition researcher in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is one of the most recent UC Davis faculty members to receive a Global Affairs Seed Grant for her proposal “From California to East Africa: Building Collaborations for Innovative Agricultural and Health Development."

International Research Conference Draws New Perspectives, Sparks New Ideas

September 20, 2018
This September 17 and 18, leaders in research, international education, government and industry converged at UC Davis with a common purpose: developing innovative strategies for international research within today’s rapidly changing political and research environments. The 2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis, hosted by Global Affairs, drew over 200 experts and just as many different perspectives from every corner of the world.

The Wonder Plant That Could Slash Fertilizer Use

August 09, 2018
A team of researchers led by Alan Bennett from UC Davis has shown that the secret of the corn’s success lies in its aerial roots—necklaces of finger-sized, rhubarb-red tubes that encircle the stem. These roots drip with a thick, clear, glistening mucus that’s loaded with bacteria. Thanks to these microbes, the corn can fertilize itself by pulling nitrogen directly from the surrounding air.

Can We Grow One of the World's Largest Food Crops Without Fertilizer?

August 07, 2018
Alan Bennett, distinguished professor of plant sciences at UC Davis and executive director of UC Davis Chile, is part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from UC Davis, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Mars, Incorporated that has made a remarkable discovery: an indigenous variety of Mexican corn that can also fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, instead of requiring synthetic fertilizers.